If you are an employee, it is good to know how anti-discrimination laws protect employees against employer retaliation.
Employee retaliation is just one of many discriminatory practices protected under anti-discrimination laws in the United States. There are different types of retaliation including demoting employees, harassment, firing or verbally or physically abusing an employee based on something the employee did or said which produced an adverse effect on the retaliator. Retaliation is quite common, and there are ways to recognize when mistreatment is occurring.
As an employee, you are entitled to a safe and professional work environment and the law is in place to make sure that happens. It is your responsibility to report anything unethical or illegal in the workplace to either human resources or upper management. Unfortunately, after an employee reports an issue or shares unpleasant information, retaliation rears its ugly head.
Not only do managers retaliate against their employees, but also coworkers often gang up on the unsuspecting and attempt to make their lives miserable. Watch out for retaliation when, because of you, everyone has to work on a weekend. Any form of on the job retaliation is employer retaliation since it occurs in the workplace.
Employer retaliation is often hard to identify when done in a subtle manner. Do not let this discourage you. Even subtle retaliation matters and it is your responsibility as an employee to report it to the proper authority immediately.
Employer retaliation laws protect you from any resistance to prohibited conduct or actions. Employers directly participating in discrimination after a complaint are also guilty of employee retaliation. Both of these offenses are cause for filing a complaint with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.